Active Living Program for Culturally Diverse Seniors

Organization Sponsor: Elder Help-Peel

Organization Partner: Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport (now Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)


Program Description

This program provides seniors with the opportunities to improve the quality of their lives through Awareness and Active living educational workshops and also by participating in fun and fitness activities. A fitness instructor is hired to provide one-hour-per-week fitness class. Workshops are held as well on all aspects of healthy eating and active living.

Program Approximate Cost: 

Event free for participants

Funding Sources: 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Social Development Canada,
Status of Women Canada (HRSDC), Ministry of Health (LTC Div.), Weekly Bingo.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The group applied and was successful in securing three years funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. It hired a part time coordinator and has a Board of Directors. It has wonderful volunteer support and in-kind community help. The services are developed in direct proportion to the seniors' needs and difficulties.

Impact Of Program: 

About 900-1000 seniors a year participate in this service.

Evaluation Tools: 

Evaluations are done at the end of each program session.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Elder Help - Peel is one of the the few agencies that continues to provide excellent information, education and supportive services to diverse elderly persons residing in the Peel Region. These services are critical in helping shape the community as the population ages so that seniors continue to be valued and relevant in our community.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The need for financial support is always great but programs are expanded or cut back according to available funds.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Elder Help - Peel was established April 11, 1996 by a group of seniors who were interested in bringing diverse seniors to work collaboratively to benefit each other.

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